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Broccoli Chowder

by in Recipes, Soups & Sauces October 27, 2020

1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 T butter
2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme 
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sea salt & pepper
2 carrots, chopped
1 large potato, cut into small bite-sized cubes
4 cups broccoli florets
1 cup half-and-half OR full-fat coconut milk (for non-dairy option)

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large pot, sauté onion, garlic, celery, and bell pepper in butter and oil over moderately low heat until softened.
  • Add stock, seasonings, bay leaf, carrots, and potato and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.
  • Transfer 2 cups of the solids with a slotted spoon to a blender, add half and half and puree OR use an immersion blender.
  • Return puree to the pot.
  • Add broccoli and simmer for 1 hour. Discard bay leaf.
  • Season to taste and serve hot.

**Add desired toppings: diced jalapeño, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon.**

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